There are some steeps there...just didn't bother with the hard snow. I do believe the expert ratings on the few runs we did were a bit inflated. I don't recall ever skiing a black diamond that was groomed.
We did Red on Valentine's day Saturday. That was our 2nd time there and had about the same conditions as late Dec. 07. Back then we also did Whitewater for a day (w/red white card). That seemed like a looong drive, but maybe we went the hard way - skied red, overnight in casltegar, day trip to white then back to castlegar (but side-tripped to Ainswoth for a after ski soak), then back to red before returning to Colville for a night before returning to Seattle.
We kind of fell in love with the whole area with the scattering of ski resorts around - plan to do Schwietzer next time (been there before, but it's been awhile). In fact, we are doing some shopping around for some land to do our own cabin thing. We have partial ownership in a condo at big sky but would sure love something a bit closer for some long weekend getaways.
Flatchelor...that's a good one. I've never really seen the appeal there as well. Reminds me of an expanded version of the minnesota ski areas I grew up on - a bunch of runs fanning out but no real character or pitch.